Lexington Orphan Society records

Abstract

The Lexington Orphan Society records (dated 1833-2000; 3.32 cubic feet; 6 boxes) comprise operating records, philanthropic documents, incorporation documents, correspondence, newspaper articles, residency documents, photographic portraits, a painting, and assorted documents that document the Lexington Orphan Society and their work with children in Lexington, Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Lexington Orphan Society records
Extent
3.32 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Orphanages -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
Charitable organizations -- Kentucky.
Women in charitable work.
Lexington (Ky.)
Children
Philanthropists.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject.
Finding Aid Author
Ellen Dukes
Preferred Citation
2006ms011: [identification of item], Lexington Orphan Society records, 1833-2001, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Lexington Orphan Society was founded during the cholera epidemic of the 1830s in Kentucky. Originally named the Lexington Orphan Asylum, the organization first opened its doors to destite and unprotected children in 1833. The Orphan Society functioned first as an orphanage and was the second oldest of its kind in the United States. Run by an all female management, the Society cared for as many as 35 children at any time. The first officers included Mrs. Benjamin Gratz, Mrs. David Sayre, Mrs. Lewis Richardson, Mrs. Sarah Mard, and many others. The orphans were first housed in an old church on Mill Street, then shortly the asylum moved to a house on West Third Street. In 1907, Mary Todd Lincoln's childhood home, Parker Place, was purchased for use by the Society. Without fail, the Society has met the first Tuesday of every month since its conception. The Society transformed from orphanage to strictly charitable organization in 1971 where it continues to destribute funds to needy children of Lexington and Fayette County. The Lexington Orphan Society remains the oldest running charitable organization in Lexington today.
Scope and Content
The Lexington Orphan Society records (dated 1833-2000; 3.32 cubic feet; 6 boxes) comprise operating records, philanthropic documents, incorporation documents, correspondence, newspaper articles, residency documents, photographic portraits, a painting, and assorted documents that document the Lexington Orphan Society and their work with children in Lexington, Kentucky. Notable members of the society documented by the records include Mrs. Benjamin Gratz, Mrs. David Sayre, Mrs. Lewis Richardson, Mrs. Sarah Mard, Mrs. Lucy S. Crump, Mrs. Katie Lee, C.C. Strout, Mrs. George R. Hunt, James C. Thomas, Mrs. Sam B. Marks, and Deshanna Baker. The bulk of the collection consists of operating records, including eleven minute books documenting the society's monthly meetings from 1895-1998. Additionally, the records also contain three visiting books, the charter of the Orphan Asylum, incorporation documents, financial documents, and a small amount of correspondence concerning charitable donations. Also includes residency documents concerning Parker Place, childhood home of Mary Todd Lincoln, bought and used by the Lexington Orphan Society in 1976. The collection also contains several photographs relating to their previous property on Short Street as well as a photograph album of a program Camp Okahawhena in 1983.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The identification of anyone residing at the orphanage as a result of consulting these records is prohibited until the year 2075. These materials may not be photocopied, microfilmed, digitized, or reproduced in any way by anyone except by official representatives of the Lexington Orphan Society until that year.

Contents of the Collection

Operating records, 1895-1998, undated

Minute book, 1895 May-1902 July

  • Box 1, folder 1
To top

Minute book, 1902 August-1909 December

  • Box 1, folder 2
To top

Minute book, 1910 January-1923 December

  • Box 1, folder 3
To top

Minute book, 1924 January-1936 January

  • Box 1, folder 4
To top

Minute book, 1936 February-1945 November

  • Box 1, folder 5
To top

Minute book, 1946 January-1957 December

  • Box 2, folder 1
To top

Minute notebooks, 1965 September-1969 December

  • Box 2, folder 2
To top

Minute book, 1970 January-1971 May

  • Box 2, folder 3
To top

Minute book, 1971 June-1973 December

  • Box 2, folder 4
To top

Minute book, 1974 February-1982 June

  • Box 2, folder 5
To top

Minute book, 1982 October-1998 December

  • Box 3, folder 1
To top

Visiting book, 1896-1905

  • Box 3, folder 2
To top

Visiting book, 1905-1915

  • Box 3, folder 3
To top

Visiting book, 1970-1971

  • Box 3, folder 4
To top

Records book, undated

  • Box 4, folder 1
To top

Book of inventories, 1922-1925

  • Box 4, folder 3
To top

Monthly meeting report and representative notices, 1907 April 23

  • Box 4, folder 2
To top

Annual meeting pamphlet , 1834

  • Box 4, folder 5
To top

Annual reports, 1892, 1912

  • Box 4, folder 6
To top

Meeting minutes, 1979

  • Box 4, folder 7
To top

Board minutes, 1990

  • Box 4, folder 8
To top

Monthly meeting attendance, 1993-1996

  • Box 4, folder 9
To top

Special meeting minutes shorthand, 1998 December 4

  • Box 4, folder 10
To top

Assorted meeting notes, undated

  • Box 5, folder 33
To top

Incorporation documents, 1834-1835, 1924, 1972

Act to incorporate, 1834 January 24

  • Box 4, folder 11
To top

Orphan Asylum Charter, list of initial members, and their donations, 1835 October

  • Box 6, folder 5
To top

Members of the board list, 1924

  • Box 4, folder 12
To top

Correspondence and amended articles of incorporation, 1972

  • Box 4, folder 13
To top

Expenses and philanthropic documents, 1980-2000

BankOne notebook, 2000

  • Box 4, folder 4
To top

List of loaned furnishings, 1980 November 4

  • Box 4, folder 14
To top

Assorted expenses and income logs, 1980-1988

  • Box 4, folder 15
To top

Donation charts, 1985-1993

  • Box 4, folder 16
To top

Non-profit cororation statement of change, 1988 February 4

  • Box 4, folder 17
To top

Salvation army playground proposal and timeline, 1999

  • Box 4, folder 18
To top

Newspaper articles, 1969-2000

Newspaper clipping on Katy Lee retirement, 1969 October 5

  • Box 4, folder 19
To top

Lexington Herald-Leader article on Orphan Society history, 1971 February 4

  • Box 4, folder 20
To top

Lexington Herald-Leader article on donation to Boys Ranch, 1974 December 12

  • Box 4, folder 21
To top

Newspaper clippings on Orphan Society, 1984

  • Box 4, folder 22
To top

Lexington Herald-Leader article on Lucy Crump, 1998 January 11

  • Box 4, folder 23
To top

Lexington Herald-Leader article on Virginia Brewers Sanders, 2000 April 2

  • Box 4, folder 24
To top

History of the organization, 1930, undated

Articles on history of Orphan Society, undated

  • Box 4, folder 25
To top

Historical outlines, undated

  • Box 4, folder 26
To top

Historical article, 1930

  • Box 4, folder 27
To top

Correspondence, 1933-2000, undated

Fayette County Children's Bureau letter to Mrs. George R. Hunt, 1933 April 20

  • Box 5, folder 1
To top

C.C. Strout letters with Orphan Society and A.W. Fortune, 1842 February 23-March 4

  • Box 5, folder 2
To top

Mrs. Katie Lee letters to Orphan Society, 1943-1944

  • Box 5, folder 3
To top

Tax exemption letters, 1941, 1960

  • Box 5, folder 4
To top

Letter of appraisal Orphan Society on 511 Short St. , 1970 June 30

  • Box 5, folder 5
To top

Investments Security Trust Co. letters, 1948, 1969

  • Box 5, folder 6
To top

Incorporation letters, 1972 July 17

  • Box 5, folder 7
To top

IRS letters, 1973-1979

  • Box 5, folder 8
To top

Orphan Society letter to Judge Joe Johnson, 1966 April 28

  • Box 5, folder 9
To top

Louise L. Black letter to Mrs. Sam B. Marks about endowment, 1973 September 26

  • Box 5, folder 10
To top

Katherine Burdette letter to Lucy S. Crump, 1984 January 2

  • Box 5, folder 11
To top

Deshanna Baker letter to Orphan Society, 1988 March 7

  • Box 5, folder 12
To top

James C. Thomas leter to Ms. Lucy S. Crump, 1988 July 1

  • Box 5, folder 13
To top

Center for Woman, Children, and Families letter to Orphan Society, 1999 November 1

  • Box 5, folder 14
To top

Shop with a Cop receipt and letter, 1999

  • Box 5, folder 15
To top

Lexington Hearing and Speech Center letter to Orphan Society, 1999 October 12

  • Box 5, folder 16
To top

Lexington Women's Health Club letter to Orphan Society, 2000 April 8

  • Box 5, folder 17
To top

Living Arts and Science Center letter to Orphan Society, undated

  • Box 5, folder 18
To top

Orphan Society letter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Baker, undated

  • Box 5, folder 20
To top

Residency documents, 1833-1999, undated

Third Street photographs, 1833-1907

  • Box 5, folder 21
To top

Architectural Review correspondence, minutes, bylaws, and photographs, 1976

  • Box 5, folder 22
To top

Invitation and newspaper article on opening of Parker Place, 1976 April 24

  • Box 5, folder 23
To top

Parker Place NCAA news release, 1984 October 24

  • Box 5, folder 24
To top

Parker Place newspaper articles, 1973-1985

  • Box 5, folder 25
To top

Parker Place purchase and lease documents, 1984-1999

  • Box 5, folder 26
To top

Parker Place maintenance letters, 1991 March 1-6

  • Box 5, folder 27
To top

Parker Place photos, postcards, and negatives, undated

  • Box 5, folder 28
To top

Parker Place history and design article, undated

  • Box 5, folder 29
To top

Handwritten draft Parker Place article, undated

  • Box 5, folder 30
To top

Copies of passage from Lincoln and his Wife's Hometown, undated

  • Box 5, folder 31
To top

Assorted documents, 1952-2000, undated

Ranck's History of Lexington, pg 326, undated

  • Box 5, folder 34
To top

Thank you note from Brewer family, undated

  • Box 5, folder 35
To top

Resolutions, undated

  • Box 5, folder 36
To top

Harrison Elementary plaque to Orphan Society, 1999-2000

  • Box 5, folder 38
To top

Harrison Elementary thank you letters and playground construction timeline, 2000

  • Box 5, folder 39
To top

License from Kentucky Department of Child Welfare, 1969 August 22

  • Box 5, folder 40
To top

Certification of Appreciation from Bluegrass Association for Mental Retardation, 1973 July 27

  • Box 5, folder 41
To top

Photocopy of letter to Maria Gitz-Gratz from Henry Clay, 1835 October 10

  • Box 5, folder 42
To top

Fayette County Court judgments, 1971 September 16

  • Box 5, folder 43
To top

Certificate of social insurance award, 1952 September 15

  • Box 5, folder 44
To top

List of names and ages, undated

  • Box 5, folder 45
To top

Photographs and portraits, 1983, undated

Unlabeled photographs, undated

  • Box 5, folder 32
To top

Photograph album Camp Okawhena, 1983

  • Box 5, folder 37
To top

Photographic portrait of Mrs. Buim, undated

  • Box 5, folder 46
To top

Photographic portrait of Mrs. Patsy Parker, undated

  • Box 6, folder 1
To top

Photographic portrait of an unidentified woman, undated

  • Box 6, folder 2
To top

Photographic portrait of Mrs. David Sayre, undated

  • Box 6, folder 3
To top

Photographic portrait of Mrs. Ephraim Sayre, undated

  • Box 6, folder 4
To top

Painting of unidentified married woman, undated

  • Box 6, folder 6
To top

UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center is open by appointment only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Materials must be requested at least 5 days before your appointment.

Researchers must have an SCRC Researcher Account to request materials. View account set-up and use instructions here.

Questions? Contact SCRC via our Contact Form.

You may come across language in UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center collections and online resources that you find harmful or offensive. SCRC collects materials from different cultures and time periods to preserve and make available the historical record. These materials document the time period when they were created and the view of their creator. As a result, some may demonstrate racist and offensive views that do not reflect the values of UK Libraries.

If you find description with problematic language that you think SCRC should review, please contact us at SCRC@uky.edu.

UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center is open by appointment only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Materials must be requested at least 5 days before your appointment.

Researchers must have an SCRC Researcher Account to request materials. View account set-up and use instructions here.

Questions? Contact SCRC via our Contact Form.

Requests

No items have been requested.



  1. Schedule an appointment. Properly fitting masks are required.

  2. Submit a request for SCRC materials.



You may come across language in UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center collections and online resources that you find harmful or offensive. SCRC collects materials from different cultures and time periods to preserve and make available the historical record. These materials document the time period when they were created and the view of their creator. As a result, some may demonstrate racist and offensive views that do not reflect the values of UK Libraries.

If you find description with problematic language that you think SCRC should review, please contact us at SCRC@uky.edu.